Wednesday, May 27, 2015


The annual Ride for Dads that is taking place in the Sears parking lot on June 6.  Please meet in the Scotiabank parking lot instead.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

***** Paddlefest & Equipment Days *****

On June 6th the Algoma Paddlers will be holding an equipment day which will allow those who are interested to purchase equipment.  There will be demonstrations by advanced paddlers.  All types of paddlecraft will be available to test paddle!

Paddle & Hike, May 23, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
Strong winds did not deter sixteen paddlers from tackling Semiwite Lake with the big canoe and four kayaks.  Paddling around the lake they made their way to the portage where they met up with a small group of Helenbar Trail hikers, led by Astrid T. for lunch.  After lunch the paddling group trekked to the Helenbar lookout and back while the hiking group completed the loop by continuing along the Semiwite trail.  Paddling back into the wind proved to be a doable challenge, and paddlers and hikers alike swapped adventure stories over a delicious pot luck supper at the clubhouse. PHOTOS

Cinder Lake, May 19, 2015

Photos by Paavo V and Astrid T.

Eighteen hikers led by Donna hiked the Cinder Lake area on Tuesday the 19th.  A stiff breeze made it a bit chilly but does wonders for the blackflies!  PHOTOS

Friday, May 22, 2015

***** General Meeting Agenda *****

May 26, 2015. 7:00 PM

 - Minutes of last meeting
 - Report from Secretary/Treasurer
 - Report from Trail Master:

- We will be doing 2 easy hikes and a geocache for Elliot Lake 60th celebrations 28 June. Need 2 volunteer hike leaders for each hike
- Now that we have our stipend from the city, should we make a charitable donation? 
- Still need ideas for Trail Signs (not on mine property)
- C de B team came second in the trivia contest in April
- Combined paddle/hike lessons learned

 - Reminders: 
- Inform the hike leader or sweep if you have to leave the trail for ANY reason; 
- If on mine property, the emergency # to get a gate unlocked is: 1-705-461-0466; 
- Sweeps name on sign-up sheets (don’t forget to log trail clearing requirements); 
- Membership dues to be paid directly to the Soo. Notify Donna so she can update list; 
- New Members to notify Donna; (so she can put you on members list right away); 
- Paddle outings: If on the Blog, make sure it says “NOT a VTA sanctioned event”; 
- Use the new sign-up sheets (please destroy the old ones) Pass completed ones to Jim (for stats). Will give to Donna to forward to VTA; 

- Need volunteers to help Sheila organize the Christmas Party (December 3rd, 2015 at the Moose); 
- Need volunteers to help organize our “Spring Forward into Wellness” booth on 20 June; signup sheet; 
- Pizza night in Sept? 
- Hike Leader Renewals: Gerry will get renewals for anyone needing one: fill in sheet if older than 2011; 
- Hike Leaders Course: Saturday May 30: Signup Sheet; 
- C de B in Mississagi Park: Still need volunteers 
- Think about a new executive for the November meeting; 
- Shared Use Trails Committee: Jim 
- SPOT: Jim - Club Activities 2015: 
- Highway Cleanup Sept/Oct. (Emily won the treasure in the trash for May); 
- Park Ambassadors at Mississagi Park; Signup Sheet 
- C de B will be involved with the Lumberjack Days at Mississagi (long W.E. in Aug); Signup Sheet; - Next Hike Leaders Planning Meeting: 8th Sept, in the clubhouse at 2:30; 
- General Meetings: - Sept and Nov. this year; 
- Trail Clearing (signup sheets) 
- Christmas Party -December 3rd, 2015 at the Moose. 



Together, our members have hiked and snowshoed 2,422 Kms; 
Our 71 years and over have hiked and snowshoed 841.4 Kms; 
Our 61 - 70 years have hiked and snowshoed 1,126 Kms; 
Our 41 - 60 years have hiked and snowshoed 436.5 Kms; and 
Our 19 - 40 years have hiked and snowshoed 18 Kms; 

VOLUNTEER HOURS: Winterfest: TrailClearing: Highway Cleanup: 12 hrs

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

***** Mount McBean *****

The Thursday, May 28 Intermediate Hike will be to Mount McBean.  WE WILL BE LEAVING THE SEARS PARKING LOT AT 9:30!!!! We will be car pooling  and passengers are asked to contribute to their driver's gas fund. Drivers, please remember that there is a fee for parking at McBean Harbour, though the exact amount is a bit vague...count on $5.00 per car. In other words, bring money.  This is a longer than normal outing, and we should return to town between 3 and 4 pm. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

***** Reminders *****

There will be a combined hike and paddle with the Algoma Paddle club on Saturday, May 23rd. It will be in Mississagi Park, paddling Semiwite Lake then hiking the Helenbar to the lookoff. On completion, there will be a pot luck supper at the clubhouse at 5:30.

For those attending the combined paddle/hike:

  • Meet at the Miners Memorial at 9:30;
  • Drive to the clubhouse to drop off food for the pot luck. Donna will be there to receive the food, lawn chairs etc;
  • Proceed to Mississagi Park;
  • Return to the clubhouse for potluck supper at 5:30.
For those hiking only (no paddling)  WE ARE LOOKING 
  • Meet at the Sears parking lot at 10 am as per usual.
  • We will carpool to Mississagi Park to hike the Helenbar Trail loop. 
  • Return to town.  
  • Please bring your potluck contribution with you to the supper at the clubhouse.  There is no need to drop it off in the morning.

Anyone not paddling and/or hiking, but wishing to attend the pot luck is requested to bring your food to the clubhouse at 5:30.

If you plan to attend this event, please call or write:

Jim 848 6035, ,

George at 848 3105, ,or

Emily 848 5980,
There will be a General Meeting on Tuesday, May 26, 7 pm, at the clubhouse.  ALL members are encouraged to attend.

Tamarack Trail, May 18, 2015

Commentary and photos by Connie S.
Chuck led 8 hikers on the Tamarack Trail on highway 108 south. Gugs were bearable we saw lots of moose, deer and possibly wolf tracks and some bear scat. PHOTOS

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Denison TMA and "The Log", May 16, 2015

Photos by Astrid T. and Donna C.
Sandhill cranes in flight, cormorants and their babies, a porcupine in a tree, loons, and geese were spotted today as ten hikers took to the Denison TMA stopping at The Log for lunch.  PHOTOS

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Split Rock, May 14, 2015

Photos by Astrid T.
A small group of seven hikers led by Jean-Guy made the best of a gorgeous day with a hike in the Split Rock area.  We explored the tailings area,,complete with sandhill cranes, across the road from the gate on Stanrock before making the climb up to Split Rock for lunch.  Spotted on the drive there were two moose. PHOTOS